I decided to start a new category on my blog. Yes, I stole the idea from Oprah, however, I have not the wealth, or media exposure to make a difference in the world. No, this is more my way of sharing some things that make my time with my kids more fun.
Probably 85% of you are aware of these books already:
But those of you who have little boys will know them soon.. I know girls would love them too but there are several other series for the 5-8 year old age range for girls.
I spend a lot of time with Noah listening to him reading (or learning to read). Because of this, I enjoy the time when we can sit down and I can read to him. AA often tries to join us, but the attention span of a three year old doesn't go very far.
There are several reasons I LOVE these books.
They are entertaining for me as well as him
They are educational but not in a preachy way
The words are easy enough that he will be able to read the books by himself soon
They always make him hungry for more
The chapters are short and after EVERY one, Noah begs for more. We went through 3 books this weekend because Noah was constantly asking for more.
Some of the pages have pictures, but most don't. But the words are bigger and Noah was listening and looking through picking out words he knew the entire time I was reading. He also knows that it's his job to read the title of each chapter. He read words like "follow" "writing" and "ghost" which all would have sent him into a fit if they were in one of his books that I was listening to him read.
This morning, as a bribe to get him ready for school quicker, I told him if he got ready in ten minutes, I would read a chapter. He got ready quicker than I have seen him all year. The only downside is the tantrum I got because he wanted more and it was time to go.
The only thing I worry about is the day that comes when he no longer wants to sit and let me read, preferring to read to himself. I will be sad and excited all at the same time.
All in all, a great read aloud chapter book series for kids. I don't know who enjoyed the time more...Noah or me.
Does anyone else have any great ides for chapter read alouds for the 5-8 age range they would like to share?